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How many times have you stepped over earthworms stuck on the pavement after a rain storm? This engaging video segment (22:31-25:00) shows students that even the smallest deed like rescuing worms from the concrete helps the environment. As they learn how these industrious creatures recycle food scraps into compost students will gain a new appreciation for the vital relationship between earthworms and the food we eat.
This video supports outdoor investigations during which students explore how plants and animals meet their needs. Taking a class out to rescue earthworms also reinforces the conservation message while offering a unique sensory experience. The sensitivity of worms to the sun could form the basis of student-led experiments that have students investigate the effects of solar energy on animals. A class could also use the information about composting to develop their own vermicomposter as a lesson in soil science and sustainable lifestyles.
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